Lead Actor from Netflix Hit Shtisel to Headline JNF-USA Event

Israeli celebrity Michael Aloni joins the Head of Israel’s yesStudios and JNF-USA for an exclusive conversation about becoming an American sensation, the actor’s “20-year overnight success story,” Shtisel season three, and an inside look at his new TV show       



April 2, 2021 - Jewish National Fund-USA's (JNF-USA) Women for Israel will host the largest, most anticipated national WFI event of the year on May 10 featuring Michael Aloni - the actor best known for his roles in the award-winning Netflix original series Shtisel and When Heroes Fly.

Aloni will be interviewed by Danna Stern, the Managing Director of Israel’s yesStudios who Hollywood Reporter credits with “turning Israel into a global television powerhouse.” Event attendees will get an exclusive look into the actor’s “20-year overnight success story,” and what it’s like to work on a show nominated for 16 Israeli Ofir awards (Israeli version of the Oscars) including Best Drama.   


They will also receive an exclusive sneak peek at Aloni’s new TV show based on the international best-selling book, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem.


“JNF-USA Women for Israel has quickly become one of the most philanthropically impactful groups in the U.S. and a lot of that has to do with powerful women who are leading our movement to new heights,” said National Event Co-Chair Rhonda Forman. “Unlike much of the corporate sector, the philanthropic world is driven by women. We are not only part of the conversation; we are leading it, added Co-Chair Beth Moskowitz.”


Aloni became popular among Americans after the hit show Shtisel started streaming on Netflix. The series, which launched its highly awaited third season on March 25, follows a Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem and became an immediate world-wide success in religious and non-religious households alike. Aloni plays Akiva Shtisel, an artist who paints and sketches beautiful masterpieces and according to the New York Post, “takes in the world’s majesty through dazzled, glass-green eyes.”


“Hand-in-hand with our affiliates, JNF-USA’s Women for Israel continue to drive change throughout the Jewish world,” said National Event Co-Chair Sara Cannon. “If you’re looking to make an impact, and supporting an organization where women have an equal say at the decision table is important to you, you should make JNF-USA your voice in Israel.”


Event details:

What: Let’s Talk Shtisel: Women for Israel Annual Event

When: Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm PT and 7:00 pm ET

Where: Zoom. Register at jnf.org/wfivirtualevent

Cost: Free to attend

Questions? Contact Dar Nadler at dnadler@jnf.org or Quentin Hill qhill@jnf.org  


Every year in May, JNF-USA celebrates the power of women during JNF-USA’s Women's Month. This year, thanks to the generosity of Jayne Klein and Paula Gottesman, all donations will be matched up to $1 million.


Visit jnf.org/ondemand to view additional upcoming virtual events.



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About Jewish National Fund-USA

JNF-USA is the leading philanthropic organization for Israel that supports critical environmental and nation building activities in Israel’s north and south. Through its One Billion Dollar Roadmap for the Next Decade, JNF-USA is developing new communities in the Galilee and Negev, connecting the next generation to Israel, and creating infrastructure and programs that support ecology, individuals with special needs, and heritage site preservation.


About Women for Israel

Women for Israel is a dynamic group of female philanthropists who share a passion for building a prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. With nearly 60,000 donors, WFI members account for approximately 25% of JNF-USA’s total giving, contributing $30 million to date. Learn more.